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Neelash, Utsab and Rohith vie for MPL 50th National Junior Chess Championship 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/03/2022

IM Neelash Saha (WB), Utsab Chatterjee (WB) and FM Rohith Krishna S (TN) are the three players in the race to win MPL 50th National Junior Chess Championship 2022 Open. Neelash and Utsab beat FM Ayush Sharma (MP) and IM Koustav Chatterjee (WB) in Round 7. Then they drew against each other in the penultimate round. Each of them would want to win the final round to win the tournament. Top seed WGM Priyanka Nutakki (AP) regained her sole lead by beating the other leader WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH) and then she drew with Samriddhaa Ghosh (WB). A draw in the final round by Priyanka will leave things up to the result of Samriddhaa vs Bhagyashree and how their tie-breaks turn out. Final round starts today at 9:00 a.m. IST today. Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Samriddhaa puts up stiff challenge for Priyanka

Apart from Lakshmi C (TN), it was Samriddhaa Ghosh (WB) who stirred up a lot of trouble for the top seed WGM Priyanka Nutakki (AP). Somehow she managed to wriggle out of potential trouble and escaped with a draw.

The result of this game could have serious implications on who wins the tournament | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Open Round 7: Koustav - Utsab: 1-0

IM Koustav Chatterje (WB) got a better position out of the opening against Utsab Chatterjee (WB).

Position after 18.Nxf7

18.Nxf7 is very tempting to play and it seems to work. The alternative 18.f4 is also very strong. 18...Kxf7 19.Bd6 reduced the intensity of White's attack. 19.Qg6+ Ke7 20.e4 is a much better continuation. The attack eventually fizzled out, Utsab managed to defend his king and use the extra piece to his advantage to convert it into a win.

Position after 34.Bxc5

It goes without saying that Black is completely winning here. Find out the finish for Black.

Utsab got the better of Koustav | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Neelash - Ayush: 1-0

FM Ayush Sharma (MP) made a calculation error in the relatively equal endgame against IM Neelash Saha (WB). It cost him a pawn and eventually the game.

Position after 23...Ne5

Black had to activate his rook 23...Rd7 would have been a better continuation. 23...Ne5 leads to White gaining decisive advantage. Find out how.

IM Neelash Saha is the one walking tall| Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Hari Madhavan N B (TN) checkmated his opponent Nilsu Pattnayak (ODI)'s king at the center of the board.

Final position after 21...Qb4#

Round 8: Utsab - Neelash: 0.5-0.5

An incorrect break at the center 13...d5 by IM Neelash Saha (WB) allowed his opponent Utsab Chatterjee (WB) to pounce on his opportunity.

Position after 18.Bxf7+

18.Bxf7+ looks extremely promising Kxf7 19.Qh5+ Kf8 20.f6 another important move Bxf6 21.Ne4. 21.Qxh7 was also playable. Anyway, the game continued 21...Qc4 and now White decided to trade queens because he was gaining an exchange 22.Qxe8+ Kxe8 23.Nd6+ Ke7 24.Nxc4. Black is more than happy to give away the exchange because the intense attack is now over. Find out the better continuation for White instead of 22.Qxe8+

Iniyan - Rohith: 0-1

After defeating the new National Sub-Junior champion, IM Pranesh M (TN) in Round 7, FM Rohith Krishna S (TN) survived an initial onslaught by GM Iniyan P (TN). Then he launched his own attack on Iniyan's kingside.

Position after 35.Nc5

White has completely ignored the propensity of Black's attack on his kingside. Find out the finish for Black.

GM Iniyan P (TN) suffered his first loss of the event against FM Rohith Krishna S (TN) | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Girls Round 7: Bhagyashree - Priyanka: 0-1

WGM Priyanka Nutakki (AP) was determined to win the game. So when the opportunity arose against WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH), she seized it.

Position after 21.Rfd1

21.Rfd1 invites trouble. Find out how.

WGM Priyanka Nutakki (AP) beat WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH) to take sole lead 6.5/7 | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Bristy - Samriddhaa: 0-1

WCM Bristy Mukherjee (WB) went wrong early in the Nimzowitsch-Larsen Opening against Samriddhaa Ghosh (WB). Instead of correcting her mistake, she only worsened things for her.

Position after 16.Ne7

16.Nd4 would have still allowed White to have some fighting chance. 16.Ne7 just finished things for her. Find out the winning continuation for Black.

The battle between West Bengal State Junior Girls and Senior Women champion was prevailed by the latter, Samriddhaa Ghosh | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Round 8: Samriddhaa - Priyanka: 0.5-0.5

WGM Priyanka Nutakki (AP) made a superficial break which almost landed her in deep trouble against Samriddhaa Ghosh.

Position after 14...f5

14...f5 was unnecessary. 15.exf5 Nxf5 16.Nxf5 Bxf5 17.Bd4 0-0 and Black castled her king to safety. 18.Rfe1 would have made Black reeling. Even after 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 White needed to put her rook on the open e-file because Black's king is still vulnerable. 19.Rde1 would have still kept chances for White.

Samriddhaa Ghosh (WB) posed some real threats to WGM Priyanka Nutakki (AP) | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

Femil - Bhagyashree: 0-1

WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH) won against Femil Chelladurai (TN) from a completely lost position.

Position after 31...Nxf3+

31...Nxf3+ was a bold and interesting sacrifice. It almost did not work out for Black until White made a bigger mistake in the end.

Femil Chelladurai (TN) missed her chance to win against WFM Bhagyashree Patil (MAH) | Photo: IA Jitendra Choudhary

For more Round 7 and 8 photos, please click at the respective links.

 

A total of 186 players including 2 GMs, 6 IMs in the Open and 105 players including a WGM and a WIM in the Girls tournament are taking part. It is organized by Haryana Chess Association. Both tournaments are taking place at RPS International School, Gurgaon, Haryana from 9th to 13th March 2022. The nine-round Swiss league tournament has a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1

Replay Open Round 7-8 games

Replay Girls Round 7-8 games

Open Round 8 results

Bo.No.NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/CityNo.
110Utsab Chatterjee2324West Bengal½ - ½IMNeelash Saha2445West Bengal6
21GMIniyan P2516Tamil Nadu60 - 16FMRohith Krishna S2304Tamil Nadu11
33IMRaahul V S2478Tamil Nadu60 - 1GMArjun Kalyan2506Tamil Nadu2
417IMManish Anto Cristiano F2236Tamil Nadu0 - 1IMKoustav Chatterjee2466West Bengal4
59Hari Madhavan N B2380Tamil Nadu½ - ½Vaibhav Jayant Raut2198Maharashtra21
612FMAyush Sharma2302Madhya Pradesh1 - 0CMAaditya Dhingra2176Haryana22
713FMAaryan Varshney2277Delhi0 - 1Aryan Arora1575Chandigarh78
85IMPranesh M2455Tamil Nadu5½ - ½5Shah Jeet1884Maharashtra38
941Garv Rai1869Delhi51 - 05IMHarshavardhan G B2402Tamil Nadu7
1049Adireddy Arjun1796Telangana50 - 15CMSoham Kamotra2229Jammu And Kashmir18

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Round 9 pairings

Bo.No.NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/CityNo.
111FMRohith Krishna S2304Tamil Nadu77Utsab Chatterjee2324West Bengal10
278Aryan Arora1575Chandigarh7IMNeelash Saha2445West Bengal6
32GMArjun Kalyan2506Tamil NaduFMAyush Sharma2302Madhya Pradesh12
44IMKoustav Chatterjee2466West Bengal6GMIniyan P2516Tamil Nadu1
521Vaibhav Jayant Raut2198Maharashtra66IMRaahul V S2478Tamil Nadu3
641Garv Rai1869Delhi66Hari Madhavan N B2380Tamil Nadu9
718CMSoham Kamotra2229Jammu And Kashmir66Kumaresh A1754Tamil Nadu55
820AGMVignesh B2206Tamil Nadu66Vrashank Chouhan1790Rajasthan50
929Bhattacharyya Soham2004West BengalIMPranesh M2455Tamil Nadu5
1038Shah Jeet1884MaharashtraFMAaryan Varshney2277Delhi13

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Girls Round 8 results

Bo.No.NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/CityNo.
18Ghosh Samriddhaa1877West Bengal6½ - ½WIMPriyanka Nutakki2301Andhra Pradesh1
224Femil Chelladurai1596Tamil Nadu60 - 1WFMBhagyashree Patil1974Maharashtra3
34WFMLakshmi C1968Tamil Nadu½ - ½Marium Fatima1511Bihar27
421Divyabharathi Masanam1711Tamil Nadu½ - ½5Rindhiya V1949Tamil Nadu5
52WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2145Andhra Pradesh5½ - ½5Anupam M Sreekumar1724Kerala19
620WCMChinnam Vyshnavi1721Andhra Pradesh5½ - ½5Velpula Sarayu1875Telangana9
734AFMShubhi Gupta1434Uttar Pradesh50 - 15WCMBristy Mukherjee1788West Bengal15
831Sajitha B1455Tamil Nadu51 - 05Poorna Sri M.K1763Tamil Nadu17
937Sachi Jain1401Delhi5½ - ½WFMTanishka Kotia1849Haryana12
106Srimathi R1944Delhi1 - 0Shaoni Mukherjee1381Haryana41

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Round 9 pairings

Bo.No.NameRtgClub/CityPts.ResultPts.NameRtgClub/CityNo.
11WIMPriyanka Nutakki2301Andhra Pradesh76Sajitha B1455Tamil Nadu31
28Ghosh Samriddhaa1877West BengalWFMBhagyashree Patil1974Maharashtra3
315WCMBristy Mukherjee1788West Bengal66Femil Chelladurai1596Tamil Nadu24
427Marium Fatima1511Bihar66Divyabharathi Masanam1711Tamil Nadu21
59Velpula Sarayu1875Telangana6WFMLakshmi C1968Tamil Nadu4
628Varshita Jain1491Madhya PradeshWFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2145Andhra Pradesh2
75Rindhiya V1949Tamil NaduWCMChinnam Vyshnavi1721Andhra Pradesh20
825Kanishka S1528Tamil NaduSrimathi R1944Delhi6
918Tejasvi M1751Tamil NaduDakshita Kumawat1395Rajasthan38
1019Anupam M Sreekumar1724KeralaSachi Jain1401Delhi37

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